Wildfire
12:05 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Squirrel Creek Fire is 51-percent contained; evacuation lifted for Jelm, Woods Landing

 

The Squirrel Creek Fire burning in southeast Wyoming is now 51-percent contained.

More than 600 personnel from across the country have been battling the blaze for several days. Incident commander Rocky Opliger says if the weather holds up, he hopes to have the blaze 100-percent contained by Saturday.

“Just those cool temperatures, higher humidities…  A chance for some moisture is allowing us, first of all, to get into the fire direct. With the support from aviation, the helicopters and air tankers will allow us to basically get containment,” Opliger says.

Opliger says Wyoming Highway 230 has been reopened. Residents of Jelm and Woods Landing are now allowed to return home, and the pre-evacuation order has been lifted for Albany and Keystone. But evacuation orders are still in effect for the Lake Owen and Fox Park areas, just west of the fire.

Authorities will host a public meeting at the school in Centennial at 6:30 tonight to offer updates and objectives to residents there.